Broward County

Deputy agrees to mental evaluation after threatening self-harm, driving to ex-wife’s home

A distraught Broward County Sheriff’s deputy is being admitted to a psychiatric facility under Florida’s Baker Act law after threatening to harm himself during a two-hour standoff and then driving to his ex-wife’s home in Palm Beach County.

The deputy, who has not been identified, was armed with his service revolver around 11 a.m. when Broward deputies found him and took away his gun, a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spokesman told the Palm Beach Post.

The deputy then got into his sheriff’s cruiser and drove to his ex-wife’s home, near the Boca Country Club, where he continued threatening self-harm. Deputies with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office were called in to negotiate with the man. No one else was threatened, and roads surrounding the area were reopened around 3 p.m., the Post reported.